The 80s was a period where nearly every movie had a theme song, and horror movies were no different. Here’s some of our favorite records featured in killer flicks from the past!
1. The Ramones – Pet Semetary
Movie: Pet Semetary
One of author Stephen King’s favourite bands, seminal punk band The Ramones brought no-nonsense, melodic, timeless rock to their Pet Semetary theme.
2. Dokken – Dream Warriors
Movie: A Nightmare on Elm Street – Dream Warriors
I still remember my first viewing of Dream Warriors – it was a double -header VHS rental with Hellraiser, which my cousin had proclaimed the scariest movie ever made. Hellraiser delivered and scared the crap out of me, while Dream Warriors was just pure kick-assery. If there’s a more kickass tune than Dokken’s Dream Warriors, I don’t know it.
3. David Bowie – Cat People (Putting Out Fire)
Movie: Cat People
I’m a big fan of the original Val Lewton produced Jacques Tourneur directed Cat People, but Paul Schraeder’s remake is infinitely weirder, sexier, and fantastical, with some truly beautiful imagery. It also has a killer Giorgio Moroder soundtrack, featuring the amazing Cat People (Putting Out Fire) collaboration with David Bowie. A great track that was also memorably re-purposed by Quentin Taratino for Inglourious Basterds.
4. AC/DC – Who Made Who
Movie: Maximum Overdrive
Another of King’s favourite bands. Whatever you think of the film and its many weaknesses, King has fine taste in rock n roll. Great song by a great band.
5. Alice Cooper – He’s Back (The Man Behind the Mask)
Movie: Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives
Alice Cooper does Crystal Lake proud. Fantastic video.